Raritan River Fly Fishing

The 3rd most popular fly fishing river in New Jersey.

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West of Newark near Califon in northwestern New Jersey, the South Branch of the Raritan River is known for nice sized brown and rainbow trout. One of the more popular sections is a 2.5 mile stretch through Ken Lockwood Gorge.

The headwaters of the South Branch Raritan River is the tailwater from Bud Lake. The South Branch Raritan River runs about 40 miles down to South Branch (town) and the confluence with the North Branch of the Raritan River.

In the upper section from Bud Lake to Long Valley, the 30+ foot wide river is well-shaded and is known for brook trout.

In the middle section from Long Valley to High Bridge, there is plenty of public access in the deep pools. You should find plenty of stocked trout. Near Califon, there is a 2.5 mile Trout Conservation Area so make sure to follow the year-round regulations.

Overall, Raritan River is the 3rd most popular fly fishing river of all 10 fly fishing spots in New Jersey.

Raritan River (NJ/US)

Raritan River (NJ/US)

Raritan River (NJ/US)

Raritan River (NJ/US)


Local Contact(s):  NJ Tourism (800) JERSEY7.

Recommended Book:  "Orvis Fly Fishing Guide" from Tom Rosenbauer

GPS:  40.696949, -74.871891

Date Published:  1/2/2016

Date Updated:  7/8/2016

ID:  20790


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